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Some schools cut cursive from curriculum, Heartland teachers react


When's the last time you wrote in cursive? Many say it's becoming a lost art, simply because some kids across the nation aren't forced to learn it anymore.

One Kansas mom even said her child's teacher reprimanded the student for writing her name in cursive. The mom said she taught her child the skill herself and doesn't think she should be stopped from using it.

In the Heartland, most schools still teach cursive writing but some educators agree it's no longer essential. However, other teachers say they’re making sure cursive isn’t lost in their classroom.

Fourth-graders Luke, Dawson and Elwood rarely write in anything but cursive.

“It’s really fun,” Elwood said.

“It’s a quicker way to do things,” Luke said.

“Neater and funner to do,” Dawson said.

At Advance Elementary, teachers introduce cursive in second grade and students perfect it by third.

“By Christmas, we just then go completely to cursive writing and everything that the students do is done in cursive at that time,” teacher Ashley Raines said.

Raines said knowing cursive is important for things like signing your name, but the skill also helps with students’ motor skills.

“It adds more to the curriculum than just cursive writing,” Raines said.

One administrator said as technology grows, teachers have to adapt to help prepare students for life; education must change to keep pace.

“Laptops and one-on-one with computers and students. I understand that, but I just also feel like you shouldn’t let this go,” Raines said.

While Raines students spend a lot of time on computers, it doesn’t replace the pen and paper and there are several kids who are sure glad of that.

“It would be hard for me to live without cursive,” Luke said.

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